Large courgettes are such an incredible vegetable that it doesn’t even feel right calling them “cucumbers.” They are in a league of their own, so I thought I would include them on my list.
They are just as beautiful as the regular ones, but they are also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.
So if you haven’t had them before, get ready to fall head over heels for these large beauties. And don’t forget to serve them with something delicious!
Here is a list of some delicious recipes for large courgettes.
8 Easy Recipes for Large Courgettes
You’ve got your large courgettes from the supermarket, now what? Well, they’re great in a wide variety of recipes and can be used in countless ways.
Some of the best uses are recipes that combine a variety of different vegetables and a range of flavours, but a large courgette can also be used as a pizza topping or a side dish.
If you’ve only got one large courgette left in your refrigerator, here are 8 recipes to inspire you to make something with it. I’ve included the recipe links below.
1. Courgette Cake with Lemon Drizzle
I love this recipe for using up large courgettes, and it’s a great option if you’re looking for a light summer dessert or lunchtime treat.
You just need to preheat the oven, then roll the courgettes in flour and shake off any excess, followed by a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Then just toss in a mix of dried cranberries, soft dates, toasted pecans, and sunflower seeds and bake them for around 25 minutes at 180°C/gas mark.
When they’re ready, leave them to cool, and then scatter with a generous drizzle of lemon juice and a dusting of icing sugar.
2. Pasta With Courgettes
This is a great dish for when you have large courgettes, and you want to make use of them all.
Just cook your courgettes in a saucepan for 10 minutes, drain them thoroughly, then toss them with a little olive oil and chopped garlic to make a simple pasta sauce. Serve it with some fresh basil leaves and parmesan cheese for added flavour.
3. Roasted Courgette Pesto Pasta
A quick and easy pasta dish that is sure to impress your dinner guests! You can serve this up hot or cold, depending on your preference. It’s great as a starter, side dish, or as a main course for those who are looking for something a little lighter.
It’s a perfect recipe if you’ve got some big courgettes in the fridge from your garden, as you can use them up in this dish!
4. Courgette, Feta and Mint Tart Recipe
A savoury tart that’s full of flavour and packed with a generous amount of cheese! I love this one because it takes just a few minutes to make and uses ingredients you can probably find in your fridge already.
It tastes great served as a side dish or with a main meal, and would be perfect for a picnic too. It also works really well with other veg dishes like sweet potato, squash, and zucchini, so experiment with what you have on hand to get the most out of this delicious recipe.
5. Roasted Courgette Soup with Peas & Basil
This recipe really couldn’t be easier! You simply throw a large courgette into the oven, cook until it’s soft, then blend it up with some stock, a splash of cream, and some fresh peas and basil. It’s the ultimate quick and easy soup, and is sure to impress your dinner guests.
6. Sticky Aubergine & Courgette Puttanesca
This one’s a little more tricky to make, but if you can handle the heat, it’s a delicious side dish! Slice up aubergines, brush with olive oil, then grill them on a barbecue. Once they’re charred on the outside, sprinkle them with salt, add a splash of vinegar, and let them sit in the fridge for an hour or so.
After this time, slice the aubergines into thin slices, place them back on the barbecue, and cook for another 5-10 minutes until softened. At this point, you can use a fork to flake the aubergines apart, or you can leave them whole and serve them as they are.
Either way, you’ll be left with a sticky mess of aubergine and olive oil that is delicious served with breadsticks and garlic bread.
7. Creamy Courgette Soup
A creamy courgette soup makes a great side dish or starter. It’s really easy to make, and it’s an ideal way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.
This is one of my absolute favourites to make, because it’s delicious, nutritious, and quick to prepare. It’s also a great way to make use of the abundance of courgettes that come into season at this time of year! Get chopping!
8. Spiced Courgettes with Curried Yogurt
A simple and healthy dish to accompany a main course, this recipe features fresh, unpeeled large courgettes, a teaspoon of turmeric, a small amount of ginger, and some curry powder. It’s easy to make, and it gives your courgettes a great Indian twist.
If you don’t like spice, you can leave the ginger out, but I always recommend adding it if you can, as it adds so much flavour.
3 Other Recipes for Large Courgettes
You might be thinking about making a big batch of spaghetti sauce to have on hand for the next couple of months, but did you know that you could also use large courgettes to make some amazing recipes?
Here are a few ways to prepare them for your meals:
1. Stuffed Courgettes
If you’re using large courgettes, then you can stuff them with your favorite ingredients to make a quick and easy meal. You can use any type of filling you want – cheese, meat, pasta, beans, etc.
You can even stuff them with left over vegetables like potatoes or zucchini, which makes them even more versatile. You could even stuff them with a mixture of leftover meats, veggies, and cheeses. Just remember to drain off any excess liquid before you bake or cook them.
2. Curried Courgette Tartlets
You can also use large courgettes to make delicious curried tartlets. All you need to do is slice the courgettes lengthwise and then place them on the bottom of the tin.
Top each courgette with a small amount of curried chickpeas and then top it all with a layer of cheese. Bake them in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
3. Sausage and Courgette Pie
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also make sausage and courgette pie. You can either make your own pastry or use a ready-made one.
You can then fill it with your favorite ingredients – sausage, onions, tomatoes, etc. If you’re using a ready-made pastry, then make sure to add enough water to it so that it doesn’t dry out when it bakes.
11 Recipes for Large Courgettes
- Courgette Cake with Lemon Drizzle
- Pasta With Courgettes
- Roasted Courgette Pesto Pasta
- Courgette, Feta and Mint Tart Recipe
- Roasted Courgette Soup with Peas & Basil
- Sticky Aubergine & Courgette Puttanesca
- Creamy Courgette Soup
- Spiced Courgettes with Curried Yogurt
- Stuffed Courgettes
- Curried Courgette Tartlets
- Sausage and Courgette Pie
- Pick any of these recipes for large courgettes.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to serve in no time!